Republican race for No. 2 U.S. House post narrows to two conservatives
Both McCarthy and Sessions have conservative voting records and are close allies of House Speaker John Boehner, who said on Thursday he would back any Republican who wins. Other Republicans could vie for the position, which is the No. 2 job in the chamber.
Cantor on Wednesday announced his decision to step down on July 31 following his defeat in Tuesday’s primary in a district of Virginia to political rookie and economics professor David Brat, an activist in the Tea Party, which wants to reduce federal government spending and taxes.
Boehner said he could work with “whoever gets elected.”
Boehner is expected to seek another two-year term in the top spot of that chamber, but that election is still several months off and it assumes Republicans will maintain control of the House in November’s congressional elections.
POLITICO on Thursday reported that Representative Marlin Stutzman of Indiana will run for majority whip. Stutzman’s office did not have any immediate comment on the report.
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